Following a lengthy and comprehensive planning consultation, permission has been granted by Newham Planning Committee and the Mayor of London to undertake a 25,000sqm (270,000sqft) expansion to the east of the current venue.
This will create additional state-of-the-art ICC convention facilities, exhibition halls and conference rooms, together with stunning outdoor spaces, all helping to put London at the forefront of the global events industry.
Within the new event space will be 12,000sqm of exhibition space on the ground floor, seamlessly integrated into the existing venue. This will be complemented on the upper level with high-end convention space, modern meeting rooms and catering facilities.
In addition, ExCeL has sought to create the most sustainable scheme possible and will be targeting a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of ‘Excellent’ – surpassing the recognised industry standard. As we have at the current venue, the electricity supply will be 100% from renewable sources, whilst the gas supply will be carbon offset.
As part of the project, a substantial investment will also be made in the public realm including new greenery along the dock edge, improved landscaping for pedestrians and cyclists, and a new pocket park.
The project will also create permanent and temporary employment, both in the construction process – including apprenticeships – but also indirectly once complete.